By Elisa Valenta
Chinese video sharing platform, TikTok, donates Rp100 billion in order to help Indonesia fight the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement released by TikTok yesterday, the donation will be prioritized to protect frontline medical workers during the outbreak.
Donny Eryastha, the head of public policy for TikTok Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, symbolically handed over the donation to national COVID-19 rapid response task force head Doni Monardo at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) headquarter in Jakarta.
Since April 7, the app has invited its users to show their appreciation for medical professionals by using the hashtag #PahlawanGardaDepan (#FrontlineHeroes) on every uploaded post. "Together with the government, businesses, NGOs and Indonesian citizens, we commit to doing the best we can. We will survive and eventually rise as a united community," says Donny.
Originally called Douyin in China, TikTok was launched in 2016 by Zhang Yimin, who is also the founder of Beijing news and information platform Toutiao. Tech company ByteDance brought TikTok to Indonesia in September 2017. The app allows its users to create short music videos.